As with many traditional instruments from around the world, globalization and the influence of western culture have made traditions less prominent. This is the case with the koto in Japan. Regardless of its prominence, musicians such as June Kuramoto, Reiko Obata, Elizabeth Falconer, and Yukiko Matsuyama bring the koto to modern music. Though that’s not the only musicians that provide koto music in a modern context. Cover musicians like the ones below do exactly that.
When it comes to the music of opera, the composer needs to be a bit of all the above, a dramatist, a writer, an artist, and not just a composer. Mozart was each of those and used those influences to blend power and emotion into his works.
With the work and talent of Micheal Stern the conductor, Bella Hristova the violin soloist, and the musicians of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, composers such as Anna Clyne, Tchaikovsky & Dvořák will never be forgotten.
Gregorian chants, plain chants or plain songs are a genre of the middle ages, an era long past. However, they’re not completely gone. In a beautiful combination of old and new, there are Gregorian chant covers of some modern hits making something altogether different.
Switching styles is about music that’s original but unoriginal in a way. It’s music that has its basis in something else. In a way, the artists that we showcase that use songs as building blocks for creating their own work.
Switching Styles is a blog about all the joys of cover and parody versions of songs…but what exactly are covers and what are parodies? And what’s the difference? Let’s start with covers. Covers are a recording or performance of a song that was already recorded by a different musician, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. They are…